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12:35 PM ET, August 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Will Bunch /
The de-newspaperization of America  —  It used to be there were local newspapers everywhere.  If you wanted to be a journalist, you could really make a good living working for your hometown paper.  Now you have a few newspapers that make a profit because they are national brands …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital  —  The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, “plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead,” Jay Miller reports.  —  The laid-off employees …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Despite Controversy, Rolling Stone ‘Boston Bomber’ Issue Is a Hit on Newsstands  —  Rolling Stone's “Boston Bomber” issue got a rash of bad publicity and retailers like CVS and Stop & Stop pulled it from shelves after a “Boycott Rolling Stone” campaign gained steam on Facebook.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Profit Tops Estimates on Digital Subscribers  —  New York Times Co. (NYT), the newspaper publisher controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family, reported second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as it drew more subscribers for its digital editions.
Discussion: @paulxharris
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 35% at New York Times & IHT, 70% at Boston Globe  —  Circulation revenues in the second quarter of 2013 rose 5.1 percent over the same period the year before, a company earnings report says.  Advertising revenue fell 5.8 percent over the same period.  Overall, revenue was down by .9 percent.
Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country's territory.  —  The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.
Eric R Danton / Rolling Stone:
Bradley Manning Hollywood Drama Planned  —  ‘We Steal Secrets’ makers seeking screenwriters for new film  —  A Hollywood drama about whistleblower Bradley Manning is already in the works: Variety reports that Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and producer Marc Shmuger are seeking writers …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Did the media drop the ball on the Bradley Manning trial?
David Carr / New York Times:
Whistle-Blowers in Limbo, Neither Hero Nor Traitor
Discussion: Guardian and Yahoo! News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom  —  Local stations go dark for satcaster in 36 markets in latest clash over retransmission payments  —  In the latest blowup over broadcast TV retransmission fees, Dish Network customers in 36 markets lost access to 53 television stations owned …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable, EON and TVSpy
David Batty / Guardian:
Twitter bomb threats to female journalists  —  Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman and Independent writer Grace Dent among women threatened  —  Police are investigating bomb threats made on Twitter against several female journalists, including Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman.
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
If Politics Is So Easy, Why Can't Journalists Do It?  —  Chrystia Freeland, a columnist and senior editor at Thomson Reuters, said last week that she's quitting her job to run for political office in Canada, where she was born.  Freeland is an accomplished journalist and the author of a book …
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Netflix debuts multiple user profiles so your roomate won't screw up your recommendations  —  Members of a household using one Netflix account can each create their own viewing page  —  Netflix has built one of the world's most powerful recommendation engines.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu Plans to Hook Subscription Service Into Google Chromecast  —  Online TV joint venture says it is ‘actively working’ with Google to add Hulu Plus access to $35 streaming adapter  —  Google's cheap Chromecast Internet TV adapter already lets users stream free Hulu content to their televisions …
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Fox News Sues TVEyes for Copyright Infringement  —  Says subscription service sells access to its content without permission nor compensation  —  Fox News Channel sued TVEyes, a $500-per-month TV and radio broadcast search service, for copyright infringement on Tuesday.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Comcast and CBS Post Strong Results, Aided by Web  —  Judging by the second-quarter earnings reported by two major media companies on Wednesday, the good times are still rolling in the television business.  —  Comcast reported that its earnings rose to $1.7 billion from $1.35 billion …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
CBS President On ‘Illegal’ Aereo: 'We Don't Think It's Catching On At All'  —  Considering how hard his company has been trying to obtain a legal death warrant for Aereo, CBS president Les Moonves affected a suspiciously nonchalant air when talking about the streaming TV service on Wednesday's earnings call.
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
CBS Earnings Beat Expectations, Sumner Redstone Endorses Les Moonves
Linda Kinstler / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Dis bonjour à LesEchos360, a French Techmeme for biz news  —  A news site in 2013 can't be flat.  That's why French business daily Les Echos is gearing up to release LesEchos360, an aggregation tool that will cull articles from around the web to provide readers with an “expert filter” of business news.
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable Earnings: Profit Up 6.4% Amid Revenue Growth  —  By - SAABIRA CHAUDHURI -  —  Time Warner Cable Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose 6.4%, beating analyst estimates, amid growth in the company's business services revenue.  —  Time Warner lost more video subscribers …
Discussion: MediaPost, Fox Business and Bloomberg
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Google is testing a local news product for Google Now  —  Google has hatched a plan to boost the visibility of its existing local news product, and in the process is testing a whole new way to get people to pay attention to the news that is geographically most relevant to them.
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Cotton Delo / AdAge:
U.S. Adults Now Spending More Time on Digital Devices Than Watching TV
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish
Discussion: The Switch and New Yorker
Gannett Blog:
GCI launches stealth round of newspaper layoffs; total is expected to exceed 100 in coming days
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Andrea Peyser Is Leaving the New York Post for a While
Discussion: New York Post and Gawker
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-Cutting to Blame? DirecTV Loses 84,000 Subscribers
Discussion: The Wrap, Bloomberg, MarketWatch and Reuters
Erik Wemple:
Fox News's James Rosen: Did the Justice Department really need to call him a ‘co-conspirator’? (cont'd)
 Earlier Picks: 
Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
Senate presses ahead with media shield law
Discussion: USA Today
Andy Meek / BuzzFeed:
Amazon, Overstock Race To Bottom In Book Price War
Discussion: GigaOM
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Rance Crain's views on the world of biz journalism
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Making TVs smart: why most smart TVs still feel pretty dumb
Discussion: @codeandtheory
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Now That It's in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality